Sky Betting & Gaming has partnered with the UK-based sport for employment charity Street League, to introduce the first of its kind for the company; a combination of educational and sports coaching sessions delivered by employee volunteers.
As part of its ‘Giving Back’ policy, the company allows two paid days per year for employees to put their time towards good causes. And this week, a team of Sky Betting & Gaming football fanatics put their voluntary hours to good use.
The team spent the day at Street League’s Leeds-based site, getting involved in various employability skills such as mock interviews and careers speed dating, before tackling football drills and competing to be crowned champions in a ‘friendly’ football match.
The Street League charity, which operates in 14 regions and 36 local communities across the UK, has helped put more than 1,000 young people into employment in the last year, with a successful academy programme which uses the power of sport to enable people to reach their full potential.
Jodie McNally, Head of Employer Engagement at Street League, added: “It was great to welcome the volunteers from Sky Betting & Gaming to our Leeds academy. Their input was really valued by the young people on the programme, and the advice/support given on the day will be invaluable as they take their next step into employment.”
Volunteer Sam Pease, said: “It’s great that Sky Betting and Gaming allows us to spend paid time in the community to give back to local charities and help make a difference. It was inspiring to hear some of the stories of how Street League has helped build the confidence and gain the necessary qualifications and work experience for participants to move into a sustainable job or further training, and it was great to be able to share my knowledge and experiences too.”